Tidal Basin Picnic Special 1.000

Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post

May 16, 2014

This cocktail is a riot of bright flavors: cherries from the kirschwasser; the bright floral scent of violet liqueur; fresh lemon; the sharpness of a fizzy bitter lemon soda. Like lemonade, it's perfectly refreshing on a warm day.

The recipe can be scaled up to serve a crowd, from a pitcher or punch bowl.

Where to Buy: Tempus Fugit Liqueur de Violettes is available at Ace Beverage in Northwest Washington and can be special-ordered at Schneider's of Capitol Hill.


When you scale a recipe, keep in mind that cooking times and temperatures, pan sizes and seasonings may be affected, so adjust accordingly. Also, amounts listed in the directions will not reflect the changes made to ingredient amounts.

Tested size: 1 servings

  • Ice
  • 1 1/4 ounces kirschwasser (cherry brandy), preferably Clear Creek
  • 3/4 ounce Tempus Fugit Liqueur de Violettes (violet liqueur; see headnote)
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 3 or 4 ounces (from 1 bottle) Fever Tree Bitter Lemon Soda
  • 1 half-moon orange slice, for garnish
  • Homemade or store-bought brandied cherries, for garnish


Fill a 10-ounce highball glass with ice.

Add the kirschwasser, violet liqueur and lemon juice, then top with the bitter lemon soda.

Drop in the orange slice; slide a few cherries onto a cocktail skewer to rest atop the drink..

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Recipe Source

From Jon Harris, bartender at the Donovan House Rooftop

Tested by Bonnie S. Benwick.

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